Fourth of July festivities are never complete without fireworks and exuberant children. Your holiday celebrations last year may very well have mirrored those in Port Alsworth in the summer of 1953. However, fireworks in the hands of kids can lead to terrible accidents. Such was the case 61 years ago when the children's fun and games resulted in a forest fire.
Thus begins the story of one particular birch bark basket. Baskets made from birch trees have a long history and significance in the inland Dena'ina culture near Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. This birch basket was hastily made by a woman from Nondalton to carry water to fight the fire near Port Alsworth. The story reminds us that kids will be kids, and good neighbors are a blessing.